Audit Faults California Gambling Regulators Over Licenses, Permits

California state auditor Elaine Howle has released a wide-ranging audit of the California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) and the Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC) that found their licensing processes are inefficient and foster unequal treatment of applicants.

“This report concludes that the bureau’s and commission’s incomplete or inconsistent procedures have contributed to delays and backlogs for gaming license applicants and have resulted in unequal treatment for applicants and licensees,” Howle said.

Among the key findings in the 97-page report were that the CGCC and BGC had exceeded the 180-day timeframe to process license applications for 70 percent of the 5,012 applications it reviewed over five years.

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